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Blais, Marie-Claire 1939-

Overview
Works: 393 works in 1,822 publications in 9 languages and 19,024 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Bibliography  Drama  Novels  History  Domestic fiction  Biography 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PQ3919.B6, 843
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A season in the life of Emmanuel by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

190 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rǐmpression d'un roman paru en 1965. Une vision sombre, ťrange et personnelle. La vie et les pensěs d'un jeune hřos "qui n'est qu'intelligence et sensibilit"̌, rv̌olte et dšir d'innocence. Une grande oeuvre de tendance rǎliste, centrě sur la vie d'une famille qub̌čoise pauvre que domine une grand-mr̈e toute puissante. Prix Mďicis 1966. Prix France-Canada de la mm̊e anně. [SDM]
Mad shadows by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

101 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A harrowing pathology of the soul, Mad Shadows centres on a family group: Patrice, the beautiful and narcissistic son; his ugly and malicious sister, Isabelle-Marie; and Louise, their vain and uncomprehending mother. These characters inhabit an amoral universe where beauty reflects no truth and love is an empty delusion. Each character is ultimately annihilated by their own obsessions
St. Lawrence blues : a novel by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

51 editions published between 1973 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce roman est moins introspectif que les précédents; l'auteure y a intégré des faits de l'actualité. Il est écrit dans une langue intermédiaire issue d'un croisement entre le joual et le "bon français". Marie-Claire Blais a voulé écrire le roman du Montréal prolétarien et marginal, mais en fait elle utilise presque les mêmes variables psychologiques et sociales que dans ses écrits précédents. Traduction de la préface de l'édition en langue anglaise, p. 7-16. Selon M. Atwood, ce "récit frénétique" et satirique a pour sujet la culture québécoise qui se moque d'elle-même, "comme il sied à une culture colonisée."
Deaf to the city by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

46 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in French and English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De lecture plutôt difficile, ce roman exigeant a deux caractéristiques principales: le temps y est aboli et "les déplacements de perspective dans le discours" sont très nombreux. Dans un bon article, Mélançon décrit l'ouvrage comme une sorte de gravitation des thèmes (le suicide, la fuite, le voyage, la philosophie, etc.) "dans un espace où tout arrive à la fois". Pour Réginald Martel, "dans un même mouvement très vaste, dont le lyrisme n'est pas du tout artificiel, M.-C. Blais renouvelle en partie son univers romanesque et peut-être bien son écriture."
The wolf by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

45 editions published between 1972 and 2011 in French and English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When the world's most powerful mob boss loses his wife and daughters in a terrorist attack funded by one of his rivals, he resolves to turn the tables. Rallying the heads of the globe's top criminal organizations, Vincent Marelli launches a war that may be his last. With the weight of the criminal world on his shoulders, he has only one desire in his heart: to know who ordered the hit that took out his girls"--
Tête Blanche by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

57 editions published between 1960 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A literary affair by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

48 editions published between 1975 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un roman d'éducation où un jeune écrivain québécois, épris de culture, part à la découverte de Paris. C'est une ville mondaine et superficielle qui se donne d'abord à lui, dans la première partie du livre, avant que ne lui apparaisse l'autre visage de la réalité française, qui lui apprendra à délaisser son esthétisme de surface pour s'attacher davantage à ses racines québécoises. On a parlé, à propos de ce roman, de pastiche proustien et de satire des milieux parisiens; sans doute faut-il tenir compte aussi, avec François Ricard qui donne à cette oeuvre une excellente "Postface critique", de la "dimension ironique" profonde de ce livre et résister à la tentation de la réduire à un message univoque. Au total, une réussite moyenne pour Marie-Claire Blais
The day is dark, and Three travelers; two novellas by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

30 editions published between 1962 and 1990 in French and English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The manuscripts of Pauline Archange; a novel by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

17 editions published between 1968 and 1983 in English and French and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These festive nights by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

35 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An apocalyptic sensibility and stirring prose offer a vision of the consequences of humanity's tolerance of injustice and suffering in this celebrated novel. On the shores of the Gulf of Mexico during the last days of the 20th century, Renata and a host of personalities including artists, children, young men dying of AIDS, and refugees converge to celebrate a baby's birth and the turn of the millennium. Separate worlds of great wealth and extreme poverty intermingle on this island to reveal the challenges of life in the modern age."
David Sterne by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

30 editions published between 1967 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novelle over een prostitué annex dief in de onderwereld van een moderne stad
The execution by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

20 editions published between 1968 and 1976 in French and English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Execution is Marie-Claire Blais" only play for the stage. Set in a boarding school, it is the story of two schoolboys who plot the murder of one their classmates and enact the crime. As a play, it is a study of innocence, evil, and complicity, themes well-known to readers of Mille. Blais' fiction"--Page 4 of cover
The fugitive by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

31 editions published between 1966 and 1992 in French and English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visions d'Anna, ou, Le vertige : roman by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

23 editions published between 1982 and 1990 in French and English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman consacré à deux générations assez proches. Les parents ont connu, il n'y a pas longtemps, les problèmes qui agitent et perturbent leurs adolescents, de 13 à 18 ans. Ces fils de bourgeois, vulnérables, qui ont "toutes les chances" vont quand même à la dérive, les uns se droguent, les autres s'isolent, se désespèrent, "s'absentent". Ils sont tous angoissés et tentent d'échapper à la rumeur de guerre et de meurtre. Selon Marie-Claire Blais ("Book club", 14 mai 1982) certains de ces jeunes, qui accusent et reflètent notre société, "s'éveilleront aux autres". Le ton général reste cependant celui d'une certaine apocalypse; car que peut une dissidence fondée sur une passive différence? Un roman qui, comme l'écrit R. Martel, n'est pas "sans faiblesses"; il comporte même des incorrections (vocabulaire, ponctuation, etc.). [SDM]
Mai at the predators' ball by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mai is an unusually perceptive young woman whose uncensored observations on femininity and youth, freedom and constraint belie her age. And, in the Porte du Baiser Saloon, we meet a group of boys who adorn themselves in colourful dresses and wigs before they take to the stage to sing and dance every evening after darkness falls
Rebecca, born in the maelstrom by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in French and English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With this astounding fourth novel in her ongoing series of contemporary masterpieces (These Festive Nights, Thunder and Light, Augustino and the Choir of Destruction, and Rebecca, Born in the Maelstrom), Marie-Claire Blais invites us again to enter a complex circle of unforgettable characters. But this time, the tone is different: Blais' writing has acquired a new, buoyant, electrifying rhythm -- a rhythm some critics have described as the heartbeat of the world. As we follow a central character named Rebecca, the voice in the novel becomes the voice of the world inventing itself, and the future playing itself out. As the GG jury wrote, this breathtaking paroxysm of a novel turns any commonly held vision of the world upside down. Blais' transcendent prose illuminates her characters with an extraordinary light. Nigel Spencer is Marie-Claire Blais' long-time translator and a Governor General's Award winner for his work on this series of books. He gives us Blais' singular vision in supple English prose that is as transcendent and nuanced as the original French
Sommeil d'hiver by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and French and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recueil de quatre textes dramatiques (L'exil - Fantôme d'une voix - Fièvre - Un couple) précédés d'une pièce de théâtre qui donne son titre au livre. Principaux thèmes: la beauté et la mort, la menace du silence, la solitude, la création, l'amour, la liberté et l'oppression
Augustino and the choir of destruction by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in French and English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Augustino, Marie-Claire Blais delivers a timely, and unsettling new installment in her ongoing portrait of North American life." "Augustino and the Choir of Destruction is set in a post-September 11 world, on an island in the Gulf of Mexico that is home to the full spectrum of humanity: the rich and the poor, the powerful and the humble, artists and criminals, young, middle-aged, and old. Marie-Claire Blais brilliantly shows in one flashing stroke the teeming lives and uncensored thoughts of men and women; victims and tormentors; kamikaze pilots and petty thieves; Marie Curie sacrificing herself to her thirst for knowledge; Our Lady of the Bags announcing the end of the world; Charles, a great poet cut down by AIDS; Petites Cendres, a transvestite prostituting himself to a customer; Caroline, an artist and photographer who has seen all the hidden treasures of the world; and Augustino, a clairvoyant child-writer who senses the destructive forces at work in the heart of his everyday life. These individual destinies combine in Blais' vision to form a single, harmonic texture, capturing the troubled spirit of our disjointed age."--Jacket
Manuscrits de Pauline Archange by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

31 editions published between 1968 and 1981 in 3 languages and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pauline tells her personal story of growing up through paradoxes and insights that blend social, religious, and moral textures. Her world is populated by people who turn to violence or sink into quiet despair--it is a world damned. Pauline, her family, schoolmates, teachers, and friends are driven by tempestuous individual imperatives and the social deprivation they encounter
Les nuits de l'Underground : roman by Marie-Claire Blais( Book )

9 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in French and English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"L'amour de Geneviève Aurès pour Lali Dorman naquit comme une passion pour une oeuvre d art. Sculpteur, Geneviève éprouvait déjà, pour le visage humain, une curiosité profonde; cet amour de l'art lui avait fait parcourir de nombreux pays, et elle préparait une exposition au Canada, et une autre à Paris, lorsqu'elle vit pour la première fois, dans les chaudes ténèbres d'un bar, par une nuit d'hiver, ce visage dont elle s'éprit peu à peu, crovant découvrir dans ces traits aveugles les plus pures expressions, austères jusqu'à la morosité parfois, de la peinture flamande. Longtemps, elle ne sut le nom de l'être qui portait un tel visage, car, inconnue dans ce bar, elle n'osait parler à personne, elle ne comprit pas non plus pourquoi, à mesure que se rapprochait l'heure de son retour à Paris, son coeur s'élançait douloureusement car, à trente ans, elle croyait avoir dépassé l'âge de la déraison amoureuse et avait la certitude de ne plus jamais pouvoir aimer."--Back cover
 
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Mad shadowsDeaf to the cityThe wolfThese festive nightsThe executionRebecca, born in the maelstromSommeil d'hiverAugustino and the choir of destruction
Alternative Names
Blais M.-C.

Blais Marie-Claire

Blais, Marie-Claire 1939-

Marie-Claire Blais Canadees toneelschrijfster

Marie-Claire Blais Canadian writer

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Marie-Claire Blais kanadische Schriftstellerin

Marie-Claire Blais scriitoare canadiană

Marie-Claire Blais scrittrice canadese

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